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Beelzebub 1,079 (24/10/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 30th October 2010

Simon Harris.

I found this to be the toughest Beelzebub for some time, and I had only a handful solved before reaching for various aids. I think it was just the vocab that was my undoing, as the clueing is as faultless as ever.

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Beelzebub 1,078 (17/10/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 30th October 2010

Simon Harris.

The pattern for me recently seems to be to make a good start and then get really, really stuck on the last couple of clues. This again happened here, with the NE corner proving particularly troublesome. Still, Beelzebub is always solvable given enough patience. 18ac was solved from the definition, and the wordplay still lacks an explanation.

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Independent 7495 (Sat 23-Oct) Nestor

Posted by beermagnet on 30th October 2010

beermagnet.

The Indy’s Prize schedule and the blogging calendar have lately coincided so that more often than not I end up with Nestor. I find his crosswords a bit easier than the likes of say, Nimrod or Anax, but as a blogger I don’t mind that – I’d rather get the answer and the wordplay than not! But this crossword turned out to have a sting in the tail. After a typical Nestor start with a few very gettable answers I got stuck with a handful left and struggled to finish.

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Guardian 25,149 (Sat 23 Oct)/Biggles – Jerk of fate

Posted by rightback on 30th October 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 23 mins, one mistake (1dn)

This tough puzzle was a mix of good and bad, with some really clever wordplay devices and elegant surfaces intermingled with clues for which the cryptic reading is flawed. I commend the setter for his inventiveness but have to question whether the editor has really done his job properly this week (e.g. 11ac, 17ac, 20ac).

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Enigmatic Variations No. 937 – Upheaval by Raich

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 30th October 2010

mc_rapper67.

 With ‘pencil recommended, at first’ and ‘upheaval’ threatened, I braced myself for some serious re-engineering of the grid post-solving…but in the end there was a relatively simple, but cleverly constructed, twist to the tale…

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